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Some schools use a 'curriculum intent' to set out the rationale for their curriculum design. We link to examples from primary and secondary schools.

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  1. Primary school examples
  2. Secondary school examples
  3. Curriculum development

Primary school examples

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Dorset has published its curriculum intent. It says it sets out "how we designed the curriculum". 

It includes:

  • The school's commitment to providing a Catholic education
  • How the curriculum is adapted to the school's context
  • Pastoral support in the curriculum

You can read the curriculum intent on the page below, beneath the curriculum aims:

Gawthorpe Community Academy in Wakefield has a curriculum intent statement on its website.

It sets out information about how the curriculum is designed to be inclusive and raise aspirations.

It also covers the role of subject leaders in the academy.

Secondary school examples

Ark Walworth Academy in Southwark includes its strategic intent within its curriculum aims.

The strategic intent consists of 4 key points.

It refers to enabling students to achieve high standards, and enabling all pupils to experience success.

You can read the strategic intent, along with the school's curriculum principles, on the page below:

Bishop Luffa School, a secondary academy in Chichester, sets out its 'curriculum intent and vision' on the school website.

It reflects the school's religious character and the school's desire for the curriculum to be "broad, balanced, relevant, and personalised".

The website then sets out the school's curriculum approach for Key Stages 3 to 5.

Curriculum development

Download our model curriculum policy to help you develop your own curriculum policy.

You can also read expert guidance on designing a curriculum.

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